Interpreting human service policy in regional and rural Queensland: the practitioners' perspective

Chenoweth, Lesley and Stehlik, Daniela Anna (1999) Interpreting human service policy in regional and rural Queensland: the practitioners' perspective. Just Policy, 15: 21-28.


Author Chenoweth, Lesley
Stehlik, Daniela Anna
Title Interpreting human service policy in regional and rural Queensland: the practitioners' perspective
Formatted title
Interpreting human service policy in regional and rural Queensland: the practitioners’ perspective
Journal name Just Policy
ISSN 1323-2266
Publication date 1999-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Issue 15
Start page 21
End page 28
Total pages 8
Editor Judith Bessant
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Subject C1
370203 Social Policy
750399 Community services not elsewhere classified
Abstract This paper reports on a study recently conducted in Queensland and focuses on the way in which human service policy - developed in urban Australia, becomes implemented and/or resisted, by practitioners in rural/regional Australia. The notion of 'rurality' remains a contested one, particularly in the nature of urban/rural dichotomies (see Urry, 1995). Most rural Sociological literature tends to focus on an agricultural production perspective and most policy analysis literature focuses on 'policy' as if it is spatially neutral that is, always urban-centred. Our research is focused on this 'space' between urban/ rural and on the practices being undertaken by human service practitioners in such spaces. We would argue that the discourse of community within regional and rural centres is very different from a community discourse in larger urban centres, a fact which is rarely acknowledged in policy development or implementation.
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
 
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